OK, congratulations, you’ve just Found it. Found is a musical show that is a powerful fix for the voyeur instinct in all of us, the ultimate reality musical and it is getting a pre-Broadwaay workshop at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Colonial Theatre September 21 and September 22, 2012.
Based on Davy Rothbart’s popular Foundmagazine comes a new musical comedy about the things we’ve lost and the ways they bring us together. Tony-nominated book writer Hunter Bell joins composer/lyricist Eli Bolin to create the semi-autobiographical account of Davy’s life and loves as he performs around the country and imagines the stories behind the discarded notes, diaries, love letters, to-do lists, photographs — anything that is a glimpse into someone else’s life. Like the highly-lauded magazine and books, this theatrical phenomenon is a one-of-a-kind, multi-media musical experience that is the true embodiment of the adage, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
That’s Bell over there on the right, the guy with the cherubic face and sweet gentle smile, but be forewarned, he also can just as easily unleash a tongue of wit and fire. He has had a wonderfully intimate, reminiscent, ironic and fascinating journey pulling this musical together, so how can you say “no.” Considering he is the creator of [title of show] and Silence! The Musical, you can expect to have a good time. You will soon have all those little grey cells firing away as you discover Foundfor yourself.
Brought to life by the Story Pirates, one of New York’s most critically-acclaimed comedy troupes, and directed by Lee Overtree, Found is an original musical set against a backdrop of the hilarious and heart-breaking real notes and letters from the pages of Found magazine, as they come to life on stage. When Davy meets and falls for Kate, a schoolteacher, he is forced to choose between his wild existence on the road and a life with her. This is the show that explores not just the things, but the people we find in life and proves we all have stories worth telling.
Found promises to be an intriguing, hilarious, moving and irresistible peek into the private lives of strangers….a wonderfully moving collage of human emotion. Or, for some, a totally mystifying trip to the strange world of the imaginative and open minded. Best of all, yes, it is a musical! And be warned, it’s for adult audiences only, so leave those little rug rats home.
Don’t take our word for it, Found has became a worldwide cultural craze that has produced 3 best-selling books, 9 magazines, appearances on The David Letterman Show, a feature on 20/20, multiple international tours, CDs and websites. Prior productions of the show have also appeared at The Actors Playhouse (NYC), Ars Nova (NYC), the Bumpershoot Festival (Seattle) and the Williamstown Theatre Festival (Massachusetts). Found is produced by Victoria Lang, Benjamin Salka and Eva Price, with set design by David Gallo.
Performances are Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 2pm & 8pm. Tickets are $25 for all performances with a $75 VIP ticket for September 22nd at 8pm, which includes a pre-show reception with Randy Harrison and other Broadway favorites. Tickets for students are $20. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South St., Pittsfield, MA by calling 413-997-4444 or the Stockbridge Campus Ticket Office at 83 East Main Street, by calling 413-298-5576. Tickets can also be bought online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain. All plays, schedules, casting and prices are subject to change.
Some random quotes, carefully selected:
“It’s a fascinating way to eavesdrop on our fellow man.” – David Letterman
“Crazy Entertaining” – Jon Stewart
“Ultimate reality programming, a powerful fix for thinking voyeurs…”
– Boston Globe
“FOUND is an endlessly entertaining and frequently moving peek into
people’s lives” – The Onion
“As unexpected as a tumbleweed.” – The New Yorker
“A voyeur’s dream. One gets a giddy high from its privileged, unauthorized
glimpse into the private lives of strangers” – San Francisco Chronicle